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Edith E. Koch, 98, died on Monday, March 26, 2012, at the Elk Regional Health Center. She was a former resident of Pinecrest Manor and Ridgmont Personal Care. Edith was born Sept. 5, 1913 in Ridgway to the late John and Matilda (Olson) Werner. On July 23, 1941, she married Francis J. Koch.
Edith was a longstanding member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, taught Sunday School, and was involved in the Altar Guild, WELCA, and was a member of Eastern Star. She graduated from the Ridgway High School in 1932. She was given a life membership to the Elks Lodge #872 after her husband's death.
She was employed at the Home Telephone Company and left her position as chief operator in 1943, but returned for many years to train new operators. After her husband's death in 1962, she returned to the workforce at Mid-Continent Telephone Co. She then became employed at PMA Insurance Co. and retired in 1977 after 13 years as a claims clerk.
Edith enjoyed her family and friends, and was an excellent cook, especially the Swedish food she served at Christmastime. She took golf lessons and played for a short time. A group of ladies attended cross-stitch classes and she made many beautiful pieces.
She is survived by her step-daughter, Clara Jane Mago of Ridgway; her daughter, Barbara Ann Straley Ehlert and husband Jack, and granddaughter Kristen Ann Straley, all of Carrollton, Texas; nieces Louise Stanton and Marion Burford of Russell, and Ardell Nelson of Vanderpool, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews of both the Werner and Koch families.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Arthur Werner, and their wives; and a sister, Bertha Nelson and her husband, Harold.
Funeral services for Edith E. Koch will be held at the Thompson Funeral Home on Thursday, March 29, at 11 a.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Erik Hart, pastor of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Oakmont Cemetery. Friends will be received at the Thompson Funeral Home on Wednesday evening, March 28, from 5-8 p.m. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church or to the donor's choice.